In-situ interactive model building

intmodThe current system allows online building of 3D wireframe models through a combination of user interaction and automated methods from a handheld camera-mouse. Crucially, the model being built is used to concurrently compute camera pose, permitting extendable tracking while enabling the user to edit the model interactively. In contrast to other model building methods that are either off-line and/or automated but computationally intensive, the aim here is to have a system that has low computational requirements and that enables the user to define what is relevant (and what is not) at the time the model is being built. OutlinAR hardware is also developed which simply consists of the combination of a camera with a wide field of view lens and a wheeled computer mouse.


Situation awareness through hand behaviour analysis

sitawareActivity recognition and event classification are of prime relevance to any intelligent system designed to assist on the move. There have been several systems aimed at the capturing of signals from a wearable computer with the aim of establishing a relationship between what is being perceived now and what should be happening. Assisting people is indeed one of the main championed potentials of wearable sensing and therefore of significant research interest.

Our work currently focuses on higher-level activity recognition that processes very low resolution motion images (160×120 pixels) to classify user manipulation activity. For this work, we base our test environment on supervised learning of the user’s behaviour from video sequences. The system observes interaction between the user’s hands and various objects, in various locations of the environment, from a wide angle shoulder-worn camera. The location and object being interacted with are indirectly deduced on the fly from the manipulation motions. Using this low-level visual information user activity is classified as one from a set of previously learned classes.